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Saturday, 28 November 2015

Christmas Beauty Wishlist 2015

Okay so it is finally time for Christmassy related posts here on the blog, eek. Of course it will not all be Christmas related. It is my favourite time of year. There's something so exciting and magical about Christmas, especially this year with a new baby in tow. I've already got all of Alfie's presents wrapped up and prepared, there's just Josh's presents that need to be bought now. Why are men so difficult to buy for? Seriously, they change their mind all the time, I can't keep up. Anyone have the same problem with their partner? 

Anyway, down to my excitement for the festive season that is upon us, I thought it would be the perfect time to share what's on my Christmas Beauty Wishlist this year. Yes, it is mostly(if not, all) makeup related. My Christmas wishlist is seriously long, I actually thought at one point that it would be full of everything Charlotte Tilbury. I am craving a bit of CT makeup in my life right now, all of that beautiful rose gold goodness. Who can resist?
Christmas Beauty Wishlist 2015
Speaking of Charlotte Tilbury though, I have three products at the very top of my wishlist this year, starting with the Dolce Vita Palette, a luxurious quad of stunning eye shadows with shimmery bronze, gold and burgundy tones. It is absolutely mesmerising. I've had it on my wishlist for so long, I think it is about time I had it in my life after a long wait. 

I haven't tried any lipsticks from the two lipstick ranges from Charlotte Tilbury as of yet but I have been meaning to for the longest time. The Mini Lipstick Charms are a perfect way to give the lipsticks a try, and let's not forget how cute and luxurious they are? That packaging though. It's right at the top of my list. I really hope I find it in my stocking on Christmas morning. 

And lastly from Charlotte Tilbury is the Bar of Gold Highlighter. I am a lover of a strong highlighter and I love the look of this one. Unfortunately for me it is out of stock on the Selfridges and the Charlotte Tilbury website so I'm hoping it becomes available quickly before Christmas else I will be so disappointed. I cannot miss out on this as it's limited edition. After Christmas it's gone, wahh.

Another highlighter on my wishlist is the Anastasia Beverly Hills Starlight Illuminator which is the most beautiful white- gold highlighter. I've been meaning to buy it for a while but every time I've visited cult beauty it's been out of stock so off on my Christmas list it goes. 

Of course most bloggers know that NYX was recently released online at Boots a while ago and everyone went crazy over it. I've been really interested in trying a few products from the brand for a while but I've never been able to find any stockists until now. As someone who loves a strong contour and highlight I knew there was something that I needed to try more than others, the NYX Highlight and Contour Palette. It looks like the perfect palette for me with a mixture of cool and warm tones.

Another palette on the wishlist is theBalm Manizer Sisters Palette, consisting of a trio of the famous highlighters from theBalm including Betty Lou, Mary Lou and Cindy Lou. Sadly my Mary loumanizer smashed into pieces in the pan a few weeks ago, I've no idea how it happened but it is one of my favourites and I need it back in my life. It is literally calling my name.

I have wanted a new makeup brush set for a while but I've never gone for it, I have no idea why. There's one particular set I've had my eyes on, the Zoeva Rose Gold Brush Set. I don't think I need to say much but how pretty are they with the rose gold detail? Rose gold is my weakness. 

And lastly is the Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting Powder. I've seen it used in many makeup tutorials and it gives the most perfect defined cheekbones, not to mention the medium shade is cool toned and perfect for my skin tone. I need.

What is on your Christmas Beauty Wishlist this year?

Monday, 23 November 2015

A Skincare Saviour | Pixi Glow Tonic

For the best part of a year I have had the Pixi Glow Tonic on the top of my very long wishlist after reading so many positive reviews on it and so I wanted to see what all the hype was about. I don't know what took me so long but I'm so happy I've finally got it in my possession. It's become a staple within my skincare wardrobe since I bought it. It's really earned its place. 

The Pixi Glow Tonic is an exfoliating toner, designed to help rid your skin of dead skin cells, tone the skin, and of course, insert the radiance back into the skin too. It is completely alcohol free and the best thing is that it's suitable for all skin types as well.

It is packaged within a clear cylinder plastic bottle with a green lid placed on the top. It's a 250ml bottle which may seem like a lot of product but for someone who uses it daily, twice a day in the day and night, I don't feel like it's enough. I've used it for the last 2 months and this is my second bottle now.
Pixi Glow Tonic
It smells absolutely divine, I can't quite pinpoint what it smells like exactly, perhaps a bit fruity like apricots, but it makes applying it very satisfying. It includes aloe vera, ginseng and glycolic acid. 

I use it after I've cleansed my skin. I pour a little of the toner on a cotton pad and wipe all over the face, avoiding the eye area. It is super gentle, not at all drying and leaves my skin feeling refreshed and clean. 

Within days of using it I noticed a huge difference to my skin. It left my skin feeling soo incredibly soft, the texture of my skin improved and the scarring from my acne had reduced. It put a lot of radiance back into my skin too which is something I need, especially in the mornings. It looks a helluva lot healthier. It also provides a great base to apply my moisturiser and makeup. They glide onto my skin so smoothly and my makeup looks so flawless. Ahh, it's just a miracle worker for me. I can't be without it. 

You can purchase the Pixi Glow Tonic at £18.00 from Cult Beauty. I must also point out that M&S has recently become stockists of the brand too. It's just a shame they don't stock it in my nearby store, boo. 

Have you tried the Pixi Glow Tonic?

Saturday, 21 November 2015

Maybelline Master Sculpt Review

Over the last couple of months I've become rather obsessed with contouring. I didn't see what the fuss was about at first but I've learnt that it really does make a difference to the shape of my face. It accentuates my cheekbones and adds depth and a touch of warmth to my face when used in particular areas of my face. 

I've been using Benefit Hoola Bronzer as my go to contour for the last few months and I've been meaning to look for a good drugstore alternative, in fear of it running low. There are many different contouring palettes in the drugstore but I opted for the Maybelline Master Sculpt. I bought it when it was released and I was intrigued to give it a whirl.
Maybelline Master Sculpt
Maybelline Master Sculpt
Maybelline Master Sculpt is packaged within a shiny, black, square compact and consists of a contour and a highlight shade inside a circular pan with the contour shade taking up the majority of the pan. There is also a compartment underneath which you can lift up revealing a reasonably sized mirror and slightly rounded brush which is a lovely touch to the palette. Unfortunately I'm disappointed by the quality of the brush. The brush is quite scratchy on the skin and in my opinion doesn't pack enough bristles to be able to give a precise application in the hollows of my cheeks and blend in the product. I like the idea of the mirror though as I am not one to travel with a separate mirror in my handbag.
Maybelline Master Sculpt
Maybelline Master Sculpt Light/Medium Swatch
There are two shades of the Master Sculpt, Light/Medium and Medium/Dark. I have the Light/Medium palette. The contour shade is quite warm toned and leans a little orangey on my skin. I would've preferred if it was cool toned so it would look more natural on my skin tone. The pigmentation isn't the strongest either, I find that I need to layer it up in order for it to show up on my skin, especially if I use the brush that comes with it. The powders are buttery soft though. The highlight is a light champagne shade with small shimmer particles which is quite subtle but appears a little chalky and needs a bit of building up. As someone that enjoys a strong highlight this really just wasn't for me.

Unfortunately I just didn't get on with the palette. The pigmentation, shade and the brush included within it completely let me down but if you're just getting into contouring then this may just be for you. 

You can purchase the Maybelline Master Sculpt palette here for £6.99 from 

Have you tried the Maybelline Master Sculpt Palette?

Friday, 20 November 2015

Soap and Glory Body Sprays

On one of my previous visits to my local Boots store I spotted a brilliant offer on. 3 for 2 on the Soap and Glory range. Oh I just couldn't resist. Soap and Glory is one of my favourite brands. I knew exactly what I wanted to buy. I have seen plenty of reviews on the Body Sprays and I was intrigued to give them a go. There are now a total of 6 different scents from their brilliant ranges such as Smoothie Star, Sugar Crush, Orangeasm and more. I have Fruitigo, Original Pink and Sugar Crush in my possession(so far!).
Soap and Glory Body Sprays
They are all packaged within pretty pink plastic bottles with a clear cap on the top, containing 100ml of the spray. As they are quite reasonably sized and light they are perfect for popping in your handbag and travelling with which I love. There's nothing I dislike more than a fragrance that takes up room in my bag and weighs it down, urgh. 

Fruitigo is a very fruity based body spray. It's described as 'deeply fruity with a definite touch of fig'. It also features yuzu, sweet orange oil and pomelo essence. Now I would be lying if I knew what those two strange ingredients meant to me but the bottom line is it smells absolutely incredible and is in fact the strongest of scents out of the three. I quite like to use it as a room spray too. It just smells so good and the scent lingers around for an hour or two afterwards. This scent is gorgeous, and one of my favourites.

Original Pink admittedly is not my favourite of the three. It's quite a fresh, floral scent, including lavender, lemon oil, musk, mandarin and bergamot. Although there are a few citrus-y ingredients featured in this spray it doesn't smell overpowering, in fact I feel like the musk shows its presence more. It has the same scent as my favourite hand cream, Hand Food and the Righteous Butter.

And then there's Sugar Crush. I absolutely love the Sugar Crush range, the Body Scrub and Body Wash are two of my favourite body products, ever. It's a very sweet and zingy scent, featuring vanilla, lemon oil, lime and more. It is seriously amazing, it's a very uplifting and refreshing scent. The perfect wake up call. It lingers on the skin for a while and sticks around a bit longer if you layer it on top of the body products from the Sugar Crush range. The best thing is that they're only £4.00 each too. Now that is a bargain in my book.

Have you tried the Soap and Glory Body Sprays?

Thursday, 19 November 2015

Ole Henriksen 3 Little Wonders Mini Collection | Review

Over the last month or so I've added some new skincare into my daily routine from a brand that I had never tried before, Ole Henriksen. I have heard a lot about the brand but never actually delved into it myself, until now. 

I have the Ole Henriksen 3 Little Wonders Mini Collection, a trio of mini sized products, all aimed towards combating the signs of ageing. Although I've no need to worry about ageing at the age of just 21 I believe in helping your skin early on. 

The kit consists of the Truth Serum Collagen Booster(9.76ml), Invigorating Night Treatment(7g) and Sheer Transformation(7g).
Ole Henriksen 3 Little Wonders Mini Collection
The Truth Serum Collagen Booster is the first step and is only supposed to be used in the morning. It's an antioxidant serum that consists of 5 different kinds of vitamin C to help boost collagen production and add some radiance back into your skin. It's of a gel formula and can feel a little 'wet' when first applied but it sinks quite quickly into the skin, ready to move onto the next step. It smells very refreshing and zingy, like oranges, which I absolutely love. I pump a little bit of the serum onto the back of my hand and apply to my face, neck and decollete. One pump is all that is needed. It really does brighten up my skin and leaves it feeling really lovely and fresh.

The second step is Sheer Transformation. It can be used in both the morning and night times. It is an oil-free cream based moisturiser formulated with antioxidants and fruit acids that helps to hydrate, retexturise the skin, smooth facial lines and fade any discolouration such as age spots, sun damage and even freckles. It also protects the skin from free radicals too. The moisturiser feels very lightweight and nourishing which I love. I also like that it's oil-free too as I have acne prone and combination skin so it's something I like to look for in a moisturiser. It's a great base before applying my makeup in the morning and sinks in rather quickly too. It makes my skin feel super soft.
Ole Henriksen 3 Little Wonders Mini Collection
Lastly is the Invigorating Night Treatment, which as you can imagine, yes, it's only to be used in the evening and before using Sheer Transformation. It's a resurfacing gel with a 12 source AHA complex to improve the skins texture, smooth fine lines, even skintone and fade dark spots. I only use the smallest amount and apply to my face, neck and decolette. I can't say that I've recognised any fading in the acne scarring I have but my skin looked more even and softer than usual.

As positive as I am about this cute little trio though, after a couple of weeks of persisting with it my skin reacted to it quite badly, I'm not sure what particular product it was but my skin broke out more than usual. I had spots appear near my mouth, forehead and a few on my neck too. I wish the products had worked for me but they just didn't agree with my skin. I wish I knew what caused my skin to react the way it did as I quite enjoyed using the collagen booster and sheer transformation. If any of you have tried the trio and had the same reaction I would love to know your thoughts.

Anyway, If you're like me and haven't tried anything from the brand this little kit is a great place to start. It also makes a cute stocking filler this Christmas. You can purchase it from Escentual for £14.40(originally £18.00). Such a bargain! It is out of stock at the moment but hopefully it will be stocked back up soon. Alternatively you can reserve it. 

Have you tried the 3 Little Wonders Mini Collection? 

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Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Smartsun UV Indicator Wristbands

I have been completely terrible on the blogging front over the last couple of months since I got off maternity leave and returned to work. Certain posts and products that were supposed to have gone live and written up have gone completely over my head. I really need to get a bit more organised. Come on Lauren sort it out, haha. 

The summer season may be over and the cold seasons have approached but for those that are going abroad to the hotter countries towards the end of the year(you lucky things!) may need a little bit of help. It is super important to arm yourselves with a sun lotion with a reasonable SPF(at least 30 or 40, or 50 if you want the highest protection) no matter how much you want to sunbathe and get yourself a tan. The sun can have long lasting, damaging effects to the skin so it's better to protect your skin than not at all. It can be incredibly dangerous and result in burning, redness, peeling and even blistering of the skin.

I know many people that tend to apply sun lotion at least once a day hoping that is all that is needed to protect from the sun but that is definitely not the case. It needs to be reapplied numerous times throughout the day. It can be a bit confusing when it's needed but with the help of the Smart Sun UV Wristbands you will know exactly when to do so.
Smartsun UV Indicator Wristbands
Smart Sun stands for;

S-afe for all the family
M-easures radiation 
A-ccurate UV sensors
R-eliable and single-use
T-imes sun cream reapplication

S-kin protection
U-V monitor
N-o Fuss
Smartsun UV Indicator Wristbands
The UV wristbands are suitable for both adults and children. They change colour depending on whether or not you need to apply your SPF, before your skin starts burning and peeling. There are three colour modes. The original colour of the wristbands are yellow which means unused, Beige means you need to reapply and Pink means stay out of the sun. They're so handy with the simplest of instructions. 

All you have to do is put the wristband on in the morning and apply suncream to your body, and even the wristband too. Keep your skin protected!

You can purchase them in a pack of 5 for just £3.99(originally £4.99) here from Amazon. 

Will you be going abroad soon? Will you be taking these along with you? 

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Tuesday, 17 November 2015

My Top Autumn/Winter Lipsticks

Are you enjoying the change in seasons? I'm a bit baffled. I love wrapping up in super comfortable winter wear, the (almost) daily dose of hot chocolate and the lead up to Christmas, but gheeze, it is just beyond freezing. I am hating that, the instant brain freeze you get as soon as you walk out the door. I just can't cope, haha. Escaping that though, I do love the changes in makeup from Summer to Autumn/Winter and there's nothing I love more than a good ol' bold lip. Normally I'm one to stick to what I know suits me, the pinks and nudes, but since Autumn arrived I've been aiming more out of my comfort zone with darker and brighter tones and I am loving it. 

So what are my Top Autumn/Winter Lipsticks?
My Top Autumn/Winter Lipsticks
My Top Autumn/Winter Lipsticks
One that I quite like is the NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Cruella. It's a striking deep red. Not leaning towards vampy but not bright either, it sits just in the middle of the two which I love. It surprisingly goes well with my skin tone too and does not make me look any paler than I am, thankfully. In fact I think it completely compliments and flatters me. I can imagine it would go incredibly well with every skin tone. I will definitely get a helluva lot of use out of it while it's still appropriate to wear a darker lip before the warmer months approach, but there's plenty of time for that. 

One of my favourite lipstick launches this year is without a doubt the Clinique Lip Pops and the latest addition to my little collection is Clinique Cherry Pop. A bright blue toned red with a very moisturising and creamy formula. It smooths over my lips with ease and is seriously pigmented. One swipe of Cherry Pop completely enhances and brightens up my complexion. It's my perfect bright red this Autumn and Winter.
My Top Autumn/Winter Lipstick SwatchesL-R; Cruella, Cherry Pop, Provocative Red, Brave

Another NARS favourite is the NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Provocative Red, a slightly dark-medium, mauvey-plum shade. I'm so terrible at describing this. *Insert hands over eyes monkey emoji*. This particular lip pencil is actually from the NARS True NARS Holiday Gifting set(which you can read about here) and is sadly a limited edition shade. It is quite muted and is very wearable. It looks completely different on a variety of skin tones. In natural lighting it actually looks a little bit similar to MAC brave but is in fact darker in tone. 

Lastly is my favourite, MAC Brave, a medium pink toned nude. My all round favourite nude(apart from Clinique Beige Pop). It is a satin finish which feels a little creamy on the lips with a slightly shiny finish and incredible pigmentation(as always with Mac lipsticks). It's opaque with one swipe and not sheer in any sense. I'm looking to purchase the soar lipliner to go with it to give a much more defined lip. It is completely gorgeous. 

What are your favourite lipsticks this season?

Monday, 16 November 2015

October Beauty Favourites

We are midway through November now and this post was originally due to launch two weeks ago but I was finding the lighting so difficult to work with. Don't get me wrong I absolutely love the change in seasons but I'm up out the door for work at half nine most days and by the time I'm home by two it's already dark. Two? Seriously, haha. #bloggerproblems. Anywho on the positive side it's nearly Christmas, eek! I'm so so excited! I love everything about Christmas. The big roast dinner, family gatherings, opening of presents etc. It's even more exciting for me now I have a little one to treat and spend my time with. Isn't it crazy to think my little cheeky chappy is 1 just four days after Christmas? What a lucky boy Alfie is. He's going to be well and truly spoilt. 

Moving on though, I have a few new beauty favourites from October. A combination of makeup and skincare products which I absolutely love and am still continuing to use throughout this month too.
October Beauty Favourites
First of all is Pixi Glow Tonic. A product I've been using non stop for the last two months. It gives my skin a beautiful glow, evens out my skin tone and completely rids my skin of any dry skin. Over the last couple of weeks I've had no need to use a exfoliating scrub within these months as this does just the job and is super gentle on my skin compared to a scrub. It's definitely a holy grail for me. I'm already on my second bottle of the stuff. There will be a full review on this in the next couple of days so keep your eyes peeled if you'd like to know more.

Onto my most used throughout October, MAC Brave Lipstick. A cult favourite lipstick in the bloggosphere since the whole Kylie Jenner craze started. I've had it on my wishlist for a while and I'm so glad I finally invested in it. It's an absolutely stunning pink toned nude and it suits my skin tone down to a tee. It goes with any makeup look which I absolutely love. I can't stop using it. I've been loving creating smokey eyes lately and this gorgeous lipstick completely tones it down. 

There's another product from Pixi in my favourites this month and that is the Pixi Makeup Fixing Mist. It's completely new to me. I've always stayed loyal to my MAC Fix Plus but since I discovered this it's not been used or seen since. The Pixi Makeup Fixing Mist is super refreshing and makes my makeup look a lot fresher and flawless. It soaks into the skin quite quickly. Oh, and it smells incredible! It includes rose water and green tea which I love.
October Beauty Favourites
I have two eyeshadow palette favourites too. I mentioned in my last favourites that I've been experimenting with eyeshadow more, in fact I've not gone a day without it on my lids(except on lazy days). Both are from Urban Decay and are completely different. First is the Naked 3 Palette, a (mainly) pink toned palette including gorgeous shimmery pinks, a rose gold with a few mauve and dark tones to switch it up a bit, but not drastically. I've been loving rose gold eyes and the shade Trick is the perfect lid shade, it goes beautifully with Nooner in the crease. This is my favourite go to eye look with this particular palette.

The second palette is none other than the Vice 3 Palette. I have been using this palette the most and I love every single shade in it, particularly DTF, Alchemy, Bondage and Bobby Dazzle. The names are well thought out and the pigmentation is insane as you would expect from the likes of Urban Decay. Love love love! I'm still using this palette to this day. The shade Bobby Dazzle is just the perfect brow bone and inner corner highlight. I can not be without! 

What have you been loving during the month of October? 

Monday, 9 November 2015

An Introduction to Makeup Revolution

As of a year or so ago Makeup Revolution was introduced into Superdrug and it's safe to say that the bloggesphere went completely crazy over the brand, claiming that some of the products are dupes for the higher end of the beauty market, one being Urban Decay. A very popular one is The Iconic 3 Palette which is said to be very similar to the Naked 3 Palette. 

At the time Makeup Revolution was launched I just wasn't very sold into the brand. I have no idea why, maybe I was experimenting with the higher end at the time. It took me a while but I've finally delved into Makeup Revolution and I now have two products in my possession.

I have two palettes, the Ultra Blush Palette in Sugar and Spice and the Highlighting Powder Palette. I had previously read many a post about the Blush Palette, particularly the Sugar and Spice Palette and I was completely bowled over by it. Inside the rather sleek black plastic packaging contains a variety of six blushes, all being a mixture of shades, mainly pink toned but there's a peach and bronze shade to mix it up a little. There's also a baked blush and highlighter too which adds a lovely touch. Oh and did I mention that there's a big mirror inside? I love this as it's perfect for on the go, whether you're on the train doing your makeup or going on holiday abroad.
An Introduction to Makeup Revolution
An Introduction to Makeup Revolution
Each shade is very generously sized and the pigmentation is so good for what is essentially an affordable brand. I find that I only need to pick up a little on my brush and build up the intensity gradually to avoid looking overdone. Out of all of the blushers in the palette my most used is the baked blush. It's seriously pretty, it gives a beautiful pink glow to the skin and it looks completely stunning when it's combined with the pink highlighter above it. Now I know I was talking about the pigmentation of the blushers but the quality of these are incredible. This palette is so affordable at just £6. How great is that? It most definitely won't break the bank.
Makeup Revolution Ultra Blush Palette Sugar and Spice Swatches
Makeup Revolution Highlighter Palette SwatchesL-R; Golden Lights, Peach Lights, Pink Lights

As for the highlighting palette, the highlighters are again encased in a sleek black plastic palette with a rather big mirror. Inside are three fairly sized baked highlighting shades all of which gives my skin a lovely healthy sheen. The first from the left is of the golden variety and the most loved of all three, the second is a little peachy pink and one that I don't tend to reach for as often as most but is equally as beautiful. Lastly is a lilac/pink highlighter which is fairly similar to the highlighting shade in the Ultra Blush Palette which I love. All of the highlighters are smooth and silky in texture which I love. I like to apply them on the tip of my nose, Cupid's bow, the higher point of my cheekbones and sometimes in the inner corner of my eye and brow bone to make my eyes stand out and accentuate the brows.

Again it's pretty cheap at just £8. I believe these particular shades(correct me if I'm wrong) are actually available to buy individually at £3 a pop which does give you a small saving of £1 if you go for the palette instead. Separately the shades are named and I am disappointed that it hasn't been pointed out or at least been put underneath each shade in the palette. Each shade name is as shown above in the swatches if you'd like to know.

Have you tried anything from Makeup Revolution? What are your favourite products? 

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